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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tonight in Music: Patterson Hood, Lazy Magnet, Randy Bemrose & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Since co-founding Drive-By Truckers more than 15 years ago, Patterson Hood has cranked out hundreds of songs and logged countless miles across the country. Hell, this will be his second of three solo performances at the Doug Fir this month alone. It seems Hood has taken a liking to our city, perhaps bolstered by the fact that he's struck up a kinship with local author/Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin. In fact, the Truckers' new single "Pauline Hawkins" (which will appear on the band's forthcoming record English Oceans, due out in March) is named after a character in Vlautin's new book The Free, which comes out February 4. There's a good chance you'll hear that one, along with other classic Truckers beer-swillers, and choice material from Hood's equally raucous and introspective solo joints. There will be lots of tears and beers tonight. MARK LORE

(Habesha, 801 NE Broadway) If Jeremy Harris sticks to his word, this year will be the last for his Lazy Magnet moniker. In an interview last year with Impose, he said that he would mark Lazy Magnet's 20th anniversary by ending the project, which has amassed a mountain of tape, CD-R, and vinyl releases, with no part of it beholden to any particular genre. He's dabbled in electro-pop, ambient, folk, power electronics, and anything else that fits his fancy. Instead of continuing with Lazy Magnet, Harris says he plans to devote a different project to each of these disparate interests. The Habesha show, which also features a host of other touring noise acts, is presented by Experimental Portland, the music blog run by Mercury contributor Robert Ham. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN

(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) To those who haven't been here very long, the premise for tonight's show—a musical tribute to the year 2007, curated by cultural connoisseur and OPB contributor Arya Imig—may seem deeply esoteric. But this isn't sentimental twaddle, at least not entirely. In terms of Portland music, 2007 is a year that was immensely significant: The all-ages scene (of which Imig has long been an integral proponent) was bustling and inspired, generating incredible young bands at an unprecedented and subsequently unrivaled rate. Many of the era's bands have gone on to become our brightest stars, such as Starfucker and Typhoon. Tonight's bill features Randy Bemrose of Radiation City (who will presumably be playing songs from his indefinitely inactive power-pop band Junkface), ex-Southern Belle songstress Nicole Perry, and Edward Beaudin of the Bustling Townships and Zoogirl, whose impossibly literate, heartsick anthems will surely remind me of being 15 years old and thinking I was much sadder than I actually was. MORGAN TROPER

(Black Book, 20 NW 3rd) Form the Head is a monthly event focusing on techno, deep house, and experimental music that features local DJs and live acts. The night is specially curated so that you can expect to see performers who present a fascinating and not often heard side of the genres. This month Le Sting (Jonas Rake and Jef Drawbaugh) will do a live improvised techno set utilizing the secret powers of drum machines, synthesizers, and sequencers to create a sleek atmosphere of auditory bliss. The spaced-out live parametric visuals of Minigorille (Lysandre Follet) are a perfect backdrop for this A/V midweek blast. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD


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